Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/21/14

WATKINS GLEN, NY - JULY 05: Danica Patrick driver of the #7 Motorola Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda stands in the pits during practice for the IRL IndyCar Series Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on July 5, 2008 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Was Danica Patrick hot today at Daytona? No, she was on fire, turning the fastest lap in yesterday’s practice sessions a week before the season-opening Daytona 500, “The Great American Race.” Can Danica Patrick hot enough to get pole position for the NASCAR season opener? Patrick was nearly a second faster than the other drivers Saturday. The front row for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 will be set in Sunday’s time trials. The rest of the field is set next Thursday after a pair of qualifying races. “Everything that we do is to make sure that we do whatever we can to be on the pole,” Patrick told the AP. “That is what we all are shooting for.” Patrick hopes her Stewart-Haas Racing team can secure places in the field on Sunday. “It would be really nice for all of us to know we were in the race,” she said. “It’s nice to know as a team, but it’s also nice to know for your (sponsors) like GoDaddy and all the other people that are involved in the car. That is who really pays for you to be out th
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